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Old 12-21-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Can you install a collar on a Chest Freezer with internal hinges?

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I have an old Whirlpool chest freezer that I would like to add a wooden collar on, so I can install beer taps in my kegerator. The problem: I just noticed this freezer has internal door hinges and not the external ones. Is this a lost cause or is there some way to move the internal hinges up to account for the collar?

All the chest freezer to kegerator conversion helps I have found so far deal with only freezers with external door hinges.

Any assistance or advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-21-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Can you attach the bottom part of the hinges to a collar?


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Old 12-21-2010, 06:43 PM   #3
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I've never seen internal hinges on a chest freezer, so I'm having a hard time visualizing this. But I'd leave the hinges where they are and attach them to the inside of the collar. If the hinge would need to connect at a 90 degree angle then you could add another board, a 2x4, along the back bottom inside of the collar maybe?
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:33 AM   #4
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The hinge.... it is set right into the wall of the freezer with a bolt on the back.
I can e-mail a photo if interested.
I just can't figure out how I could modify this...
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:08 AM   #5
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how does it attach to the lid?
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:58 AM   #6
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Here is a link to a few photos.
http://picasaweb.google.com/JKWipff/...oRanchBrewery#

http://picasaweb.google.com/JKWipff/...oRanchBrewery#
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If that's your brewery name, it's a great one.

I've never seen a hinge like that. I can't see how it is attached inside the lid. I assume it must be sprung somehow. With a lid that thick, I'd think it would be pretty heavy.

It doesn't look like you could remove the bottom part of hinges. If you can detach the lid from the hinge, then you'd just have to fashion something on the collar at the same height and orientation as the current mounting location to screw the hinge into. Then just permanently bond your lid to the upper part of the collar, or attach it at the back with 3.5 inch door hinges, which is what I did on mine. That'll give you two ways to open the keezer, but you need to make sure your gaskets are in good condition and lined up properly.
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looks like you can unbolt the hinge from the backside of the keezer. leave the hinge attached to the lid and just bolt that hinge through the collar. yeah your collar won't lift up, but at least you can make use of a taller keezer

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Thanks, yes that is our brewery name. :-)

I am now wondering if would be easy to just put a triple faucet tower on the lid. That way I won't have to put a collar on it and remove the lid at all. Would that work?

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Thanks, yes that is our brewery name. :-)

I am now wondering if would be easy to just put a triple faucet tower on the lid. That way I won't have to put a collar on it and remove the lid at all. Would that work?

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yup im guessing it would work just fine.

I am installing two dual faucet towers on top of the lid of my Keezer.

check out the build
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/flom...-build-210806/

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